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Taking a screenshot on an Android device

A screenshot is a photo of what is on your device’s screen.  

The screenshot usually gets saved in the same place as all other photos you take. 

Due to the large number of different devices that use Google’s Android operating system, there are different ways screenshots can be taken. We have listed the common methods that work for most Android devices.

Screenshot methods

For some Samsung Galaxy devices you can: 

  1. Press and hold the Power button, and then the Home button (at the same time) for 1 to 2 seconds to take the screenshot. 
  2. You should see the screen flash or change before it goes back to normal. 

 

Another option for some Galaxy Android devices is: 

  1. Go to your device’s Settings 
  2. Go to ‘My device’ 
  3. Go to ‘Input and control’ 
  4. Click on ‘Motion’ 
  5. Click on ‘Hand motion’ 
  6. Turn on the ‘Palm Swipe to Capture’ option 
  7. You can now swipe the side of your hand from left to right across the screen (pressing your hand gently on the screen) to take the screenshot 
  8. You should see the screen flash or change before it goes back to normal. 

 

For most other brands of Android devices you can take a screenshot by: 

  1. Press and hold the Power button, and then the Volume Down button (at the same time) for 1 to 2 seconds to take the screenshot. 
  2. You should see the screen flash or change before it goes back to normal. 

 

Most Sony Xperia devices offer this extra way to take a screenshot: 

  1. Press and hold the Power button for 1 to 2 seconds. 
  2. A Power option box will appear on the Screen 
  3. If the option is available, click on ‘Screenshot’ 
  4. You should see the screen flash or change before it goes back to normal. 

 

If none of these screenshot methods work for your device, we suggest you open a search engine and search ‘How do I take a screenshot with a (your device type/name)’. 

There are also some apps that can be used to take a screenshot. Open Google Play and search ‘screen capture’.